UK weather: Britain braces for its hottest day on record today

Mail Online | 7/25/2019 | Mark Duell;Lara Keay;Chris Pleasance;Joel Adams For Mailonline;Claire Duffin For The Daily Mail
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Britain is bracing itself for its hottest day ever today with temperatures expected to hit 102F (39C) amid health warnings, melting pavements and major train disruption on what is being dubbed 'Tropical Thursday'.

A rambler collapsed in the heat in Dorset, surfaces melted in Grimsby and Londoners faced searing heat on the Tube with the high humidity expected to make temperatures feel like 109F (43C) in the South East this afternoon.

Temperatures - London - Noon - Today - Day

Temperatures hit 95F (35C) in London at noon today - making it the hottest day of 2019 so far - as consumers used electric fans to cope, with sales at Currys PC World up 200 per cent and John Lewis selling six every minute.

Commuters were warned to stay at home amid fears rail tracks will buckle as police issued a warning about swimming during the heatwave after three men drowned and another was reported missing.

Hundreds - Thousands - Commuters - Southeastern - Greater

Hundreds of thousands of commuters who use Southeastern, Greater Anglia, Southern, Gatwick Express, London North Eastern, Great Northern and Thameslink services faced delays, cancellations and overcrowding today.

A reduced service will operate on commuter routes and between London and Scotland, with trains running as slowly as 20mph to protect the tracks. Rail operators said delays could last well into this evening.

Tonight - Met - Office - Warning - Thunderstorms

Tonight, the Met Office has issued a warning for thunderstorms in the east of the country including 1.2in (30mm) of rain in less than an hour plus frequent lightning, hail and gusty winds from 3pm today until early tomorrow.

Forecasters warned that flooding and lightning strikes could affect driving conditions, disrupt train services and lead to power cuts, although temperatures are expected to become much cooler from tomorrow onwards.

Warning - Rain - England - Scotland - Saturday

There is then a further warning for heavy rain in northern England and southern Scotland from 12pm Saturday until 3pm Sunday, with up to 4.7in...
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